Project TURAAKA: Serving Rural Uganda Through Kigezi Women & Children Health Initiative
Kigezi Women and Children Health Initiative is an organization serving over a thousand people in three different villages in rural Uganda.
"TURAAKA" is a word the women like to use to express gratitude for Kigezi Women, and translates to "we are shining." It represents empowerment & dedication. I named my Spring 2019 line after this, and donated $500 from my company to help them teach the women additional skills!
I've teamed up with Kigezi Women to help teach the women in these villages how to sew, weave, and make clothing to sell at their local markets, hopefully helping them establish steady sources of income. As mentioned, I'm working on fundraising, but I'm also working on designing clothing patterns & instruction booklets to send over to Uganda this July (2019). I'm planning on updating my blog soon with pictures & information about that!
I'm also working with Western's Merchandising Opportunities and Design Association to collect additional funds to help the women. So far, they've also donated $500, which went towards the purchase of two sewing machines in the village of Kakore, Uganda. Huge thank you to the MODA team for supporting!
Additional funds raised will go towards purchasing sewing and weaving machines, materials, and education (teachers & instruction books). If you'd like to make a donation, head over here.
All Spring & Summer 2019 products have a TURAAKA label sewn in. This tag is sewn in to be a reminder of what your purchase helped support. Thank you for contributing!